- Original title
- Running time
- 96 min.
Cary Joji Fukunaga
Cary Joji Fukunaga
Luis Fernando Peña,
Mary Paz Mata,
Co-production Mexico-United States; Canana Films / Creando Films / Primary Productions / Scion Films
Thriller. Drama | Immigration. Social Drama. Street Gang. Road Movie. Teen/coming-of-age
- Synopsis / Plot
- The stories of Sayra (Paulina Gaitan), a teenager living in Honduras and hungering for a brighter future, and teen gang members Smiley and Casper, for whom the Mara Salvatrucha is nearly their entire universe, become interlaced on the train to the border. A journey that will determine the future of their lives. Young Casper is already a wary veteran of the “Mara,” and his new recruit is the 12-year-old Smiley, full of bravado and looking for status. The two run afoul of the everyday violence that penetrates their world and find themselves fellow passengers with Sayra on a States-bound freight, hugging the rooftop as their precarious journey unfolds.
: Sundance Film Festival: Best Director, Best Cinematography
: Nominated for Critics' Choice Awards: Best Foreign Language Film
2009: Chicago Film Critics Awards: 2 Nom. incl. Best Foreign Language Film
: Independent Spirit Awards: 3 Nominations including Best Film
: British Independent Film Awards (BIFA): Nominated for Best International Independent Film
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